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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425247791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247792
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Tate Hallaway has a wonderful gift."

About the Author

Tate Hallaway lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is also the author of the Vampire Princess novels.

More About the Author

A Scorpio with a Leo Rising, Tate Hallaway is an amateur astrologer and practicing Witch. Tate has been a fan of vampire fiction since she first read Poppy Z. Brite in high school. Her first short fiction acceptance was to a vampire 'zine called Nocturnal Ecstasy Vampire Coven. Tate lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with three black cats. TALL, DARK, AND DEAD is Tate's first novel.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading more books in this series.
K. M. Martin
I would recommend this book to anyone than enjoys reading modern day fantasy stories.
Vile_ettes
I really loved the characters in this book, Alex most of all.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Through a funny set of circumstances, Alex Conner finds herself in a new job as the Hughes County Coroner. Considering there hasn't been any murders in the area for over two years, Alex thinks she's in for an easy paycheck. But those ideals quickly go out the window when a corpse comes in with a cryptic warning about magic. With Alex's troubled past involving magic and the psychiatric ward, she thinks she's become the brunt of a nasty joke, at least that is until some very strange things happen ending with the corpse getting up and walking away. Her chief sends her straight to Precinct 13 where she learns that magic and paranormals exist after all, and she may just be one of them.

I was really impressed with Tate Hallaway's world building in Precinct 13. There was a plethora of supernatural characters that should have been overwhelming, but weren't due to the way things were handled. Each new element was introduced to Alex, and due to her acceptance were easily taken in stride as it they were directly tied into whatever she was currently facing. There wasn't a single info-dump, which was rather impressive considering the very large amount of things that needed to be covered in such a short amount of time. In fact the entire story was paced very well with no dull or slow moments keeping me sucked in the entire time.

I really loved the characters in this book, Alex most of all. She is incredibly tough and doesn't take nonsense from anyone. Most people would have collapsed long ago under the extreme stress of being told she was literally crazy for seeing and believing in magic. All the years of therapy and anti psychotics definitely took a toll, but she came out the other side much stronger.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kitty kat on September 11, 2012
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Slow and steady, that's the way the story moves. It's middle of the road...no huge action scenes, no slow and boring parts, just a one foot in front of the other progression from beginning to end. There are zombies, fairies, golems, practitioners, cops, bad guys, dead cows, very smart birds, romance, crazy siblings a snake tattoo and a dragon, so there is something for everyone. It all takes place in a small town where magic is accepted and partially hidden from the public. The magic is sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle. Alex, coroner/investigator and possible witch, moves to South Dakota to escape her crazy past (pun intended). She has spent years trying to convince herself that magic isn't real and that her stepmother isn't really a demon. We, the readers, know that she is wrong, of course, and the story takes off from there. She is delighted (and who can blame her), to find that she never was crazy and that magic truly IS real. Her life gets better from there. I actually liked the book but it's (yawn) not gripping or exciting, yet it held my interest. It's like hanging out with someone you have a nice time with but you're home by ten o'clock having cereal in your p.j.s, with your cat in your lap, channel surfing and waiting to get tired enough to go to bed. The spark that sets things on fire is missing. Hard to explain. Think tasty but lukewarm coffee or hot chocolate. It's good but it's just not hot enough.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Urban Fantasy Investigations on August 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Alex is nominated to be the Hughes County Coroner on a dare. She hasn't had a crazy life so far so when her very first day on the job a corpse gets up and walks away she isn't quite sure how crazy she actually is.

Alex had a great personality and was fun to read about. There was a lot of times where Alex mentioned her past or a past event but they were only hinted at or slightly mentioned and it would have been nice to know the details of stuff that affected her so much. I felt like I missed a book or short story or something along those lines a lot during the book. I really liked Precinct 13 and the way they operated. There was a lot of mystery involved in the plot while Alex and Precinct 13 were investigating and I never felt like I knew who the bad guy was or had a grasp on the the exact situation they were in which is always nice. The romance between Alex and Valentine was just ehhh. There wasn't much in the way of explanation about him or his and Alex's past. Alex hints about him then all of a sudden he jumps in and is there. He remains mysterious for most of the book with only a little revealed about him, some big things are revealed but again it felt like I missed something.

It pains me to say this but I really wanted to love PRECINCT 13 and I only liked it. There is some decent groundwork for a series and I did like Alex and her coworkers so I will probably read a second book if one comes out, but I would probably borrow it from the library.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By April R. Symes on August 10, 2012
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Alex Conner is dealing with starting a new job and making sure she keeps on her new path. She has a new job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. Alex starts a new case and thinks she is being punked by the cops who brought the body in. She thinks they learned about something weird in her past and they are using it against her as a "lets punk the new girl" bit but that is not true and that's when everything gets super interesting.
This story really got to rockin and rollin.

I really liked Tate Hallaway's world in Precinct 13. There was tons of supernatural characters that should have been confusing, but weren't because of how the author handled everything. There wasn't a single overload of info, which was rather remarkable considering the huge amount of background that needed to be delved in such a brief period of time. The whole story was paced extremely well with no shallow or wearisome moments and to which kept me engaged the entire time I was reading the story.

I have reread this story 3 times already and I know this is one of my favorites by TH and cannot wait to read more in this new series from TH.
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